Rea, Laverty fly out to Brno for MotoGP talks

Rea is pushing hard for a Honda seat in the blue riband class
Rea is pushing hard for a Honda seat in the blue riband class Picture: GeeBee Images

Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty have flown out to the Brno MotoGP round for more talks about their futures in the blue riband class.

Rea spoke to Honda bosses at the Suzuka Eight-Hours about a seat in one of the satellite teams while manager Chuck Aksland was also visible at Indianapolis, pushing for a move out of World Superbike.

It is thought that Rea could be in line for one of the new production bikes due next year with the full RC213V motor but no seamless shift gearbox. It all depends on whether the likes of Fausto Gresini have the funds to pay for another bike or whether the Kardion AB team will give up their current bike.

“I’m waiting to hear from Honda what their plan is for me. I have had interest from teams in MotoGP and in World Superbike and that is exciting, but a little early,” said Rea, speaking to Bikesport News on his way to the airport.

“When I spoke with Honda management in Japan, I told them what my wish list comprised and since then many things have happened. I am sure that this weekend and the following weeks I will have more information.”

Laverty, meanwhile, is on a shortlist to replace Andrea Iannone in the Pramac Ducati squad. He has close links with the Ducati Corse boss Gigi Dall’Igna after they spent time together at Aprilia in World Superbikes.

Brother John, who is Laverty’s personal manager, combined business with pleasure and flew out to Indianapolis to speak with Ducati and to support eldest brother Michael, who is also looking for a ride after Paul Bird decided to put his 2015 grid slots up for auction by IRTA.

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